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mikelevy mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 16:55
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
@thenotoriousmic: Have you ridden a rim with a 19mm internal width and one with a 30+mm internal width? I have, and you know what? There is a very big difference. You don't have to care about that to have fun, however. You don't need anything more than an old, rigid department store bike to go mountain biking, but our sport is one that is very gear-driven. I enjoy this aspect very much; you obviously don't and that's fine. You would very clearly have just as much fun mountain biking on an old beach cruiser and in jeans and a t-shirt. I'm jealous that you're out there doing exactly that while having just as much fun.
mikelevy mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 16:04
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
You can't decide what matters to someone, and you need to turn your frown upside down. A mountain bike might not matter in the grand scheme of things, but if people are interested and it makes them happy to ride one, who the hell are you to call them brainwashed idiots because of what they think? So, does 15mm make a difference? 22mm? When is it enough for you to personally say "Damn, there's a difference!'' And if none of it makes a difference, why do you have a suspension fork on the front of your hardtail? Or 11-speed and wide tires? You don't actually need any of it, and you're going to die one day yet you still have it. Kazimer's description of the Yeti was his way of saying that the bike is more forgiving than its suspension travel would have you think, which is a very real thing. I've ridden plenty of bikes like this, and it's down to design, setup, and spec. You don't have to care, but don't come here to shit on people who do.
mikelevy mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 15:47
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
@jamesdippy: The Scout is badass.
mikelevy mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 10:28
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
We'll be doing another one of these with all-mountain / all-mountain bikes.
mikelevy mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 10:28
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
I actually have the new Rouge - it looks great in person. Review down the road.
mikelevy mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 10:27
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
There's a ton of other bikes we could have included, but it would have made this article way too long. Instead, we'll do more of these with other bikes.
mikelevy mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 10:25
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
Ask permission? For what? No, we didn't. I just went through and looked at the interesting trail bikes (130mm-ish) that we reviewed over the last twelve months. There are obviously way, way more options out there, and we'll cover most of those in the future as well.
mikelevy mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 10:23
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
Good suggestion. We'll look at getting those in as well.
mikelevy mikelevy's article
Jan 10, 2017 at 10:19
Jan 10, 2017
Ridden and Rated - 5 Trail Bikes
$5,999 USD is a hell of a lot of money, but it's actually a relatively good price considering the specs. Race Face carbon cranks, top tier Fox suspension, and (house brand) carbon wheels that are wide and work very well. All that is hung off a carbon frame. "Excellent price considering specs"
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